SparkPeople SP Class of September 30- October 6, 2012 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SparkPeople from September 30- October 6, 2012. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of September 30- October 6, 2012 Team Messageboard We're still Sparkin' in 2014 It looks like there are a few of us still checking in from time to time. I'm on SparkPeople every day, it's just that I only get onto the team boards once or twice a week. <BR> <BR> It seems that most of us who are still sticking with it are focused on health rather than the number on the scale. I know that I'm a few pound above my lowest Spark weight, and I'm sure that some would consider that a failure. But I celebrate it knowing that, by focusing on my over all health, my 61 year ol... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:01:02 EST November Goals I'm so excited!!!! The ViniYoga dvds are at the PostOffice for me to pick up today. <BR> <BR> With the improvements with my shoulders and hip through acupuncture, I'm the closest to being pain free since . . . well, forever!!!! These 2 dvds (1 focuses on the upper back/neck/shoulder and 1 on the lower back/sacrum/hip) hold the key for strengthening the areas where I'm weak due to the years of restricted movement. <BR> <BR> I just posted a blog with all my November goals . . . and I'm ... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 12:51:41 EST One year later - how are YOU doing? Can you believe it's been one year since we started Sparking?! <BR> <BR> I'm interested to know how everyone is doing - and how many of us are still with it. <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:46:24 EST Hi, I'm trying to get back into spark! My name is Sara and I am just looking to find like minded people to talk to. I just made a sparkpage! I am trying to get motivated to finally get this weight off! Sun, 1 Sep 2013 11:34:55 EST Getting Dedicated I have been doing SparkPeople off and on for a few years now. I get excited to start on the weight loss journey. I start off really dedicated, weighing and measuring food, trying to stay in my correct caloric intake range. Then I get tired. I get tired of weighing and measuring food. I think that I have been doing it long enough that can "eyeball" the food. I obviously can't correctly "eyeball" the food. <BR> <BR> I am going to dedicate myself to this journey. Therefore, I am going ... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 14:20:55 EST What are you having trouble with? What have your trouble with? Let's help each other out! Sun, 16 Jun 2013 00:30:33 EST June 1 - gonna drop these last 10 pounds I've been maintaining since January, within a 2 pound range. <BR> Now it's time to slay these last 10 pounds. <BR> Wanna join me?? Sun, 2 Jun 2013 13:09:50 EST Checking in with everyone! How's everyone doing? Are we all still on track? I've been up and down. I actually just had my first baby on April 1st! His name is Nathaniael Christopher and he's gorgeous! So I've been very busy! :) Mon, 13 May 2013 16:58:34 EST starting over Hi spark friends. My name is Nicole . I'm a 36 year old mom to my wonderful boys Christian and Logan. <BR> I was a member back a few years ago. Im back and determined to be successful. Mon, 4 Feb 2013 09:27:28 EST Happy New Year everyone! What did you do for the holiday? What new goals did you set for yourself? Tue, 1 Jan 2013 01:39:48 EST How many members still going strong since joining I don't see much activity with this group anymore and wonder how many of us are left here and still Sparking? <BR> <BR> I love this site and it has helped me out so much. I never realized before how much I was actually eating until I consistently used the food tracker. The first month was hard getting my dinner recipes into the recipe calculator, but now it's great and I like having my very own person cookbook to draw dinner ideas from, not to mention all the other great recipes there too... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 10:54:52 EST Two Months! After I hit my all-time high weight of 180, I decided to make another exercise & weight loss effort. I met one of my neighbors (82 years old) and asked if I could walk with her. Well, I couldn't keep up with her. I didn't make it out of sight of my house! Took me days to recover from that. <BR> <BR> After my Dr told me I was pre-diabetic, etc. etc. I promised myself I would lose weight. <BR> <BR> A lady in one of the Facebook groups I'm in mentioned SparkPeople, and I decided to check ... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 19:15:39 EST Grrrr kind of weigh in day This has been a hard week, but I stayed within my calorie limits, didn't have ANY Halloween candy, didn't imbibe in ANY food or alcohol at the big party we attended last night, having eaten healthy in advance, exercised, although not every day - and today I got on the scale and haven't lost a lb. And I have LOTS to lose. Just kind of frustrating. I realize it happens, but since I'm still at my "I have soooo much to lose" was hoping I could lose at least a pound a week. I'm trying not to f... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 15:46:14 EST One month! Well, team, we've made it for a month (or there abouts)! I am so proud of us. Let's continue to strive for progress, not perfection! <BR> <BR> <em>515</em> Thu, 1 Nov 2012 11:42:58 EST "FOOD" for thought <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113908 </link> <BR> <BR> This is a link to a member blog that I thought you might find thoughtful as you make your way through this new journey toward your new life. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 19:26:01 EST Upcoming holidays and some help I know I was nervous with last years holidays, so I thought I'd offer an article taht I found very helpful! Hope it helps you too! <BR><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1685 Sun, 21 Oct 2012 17:07:19 EST How do you keep going on your tough days? When you're having a bad day, food or exercise wise, what do you do? What tools and tricks do you use to help yourself overcome those hurdles? Tue, 16 Oct 2012 18:04:43 EST Hi I'm Audrey I am new at this and I know I need support with my weight loss. I have already dropped quite a bit and I need to drop more. I have been impresses with what I have read and know I will learn much. I need to lose about another 30 pounds. I'm looking forward to suggestions and I hope I can help someone too. Mon, 15 Oct 2012 21:16:23 EST How do I add/find somebody to my friend list? I'm learning to find my way around SP, but this one's got me stumped: <BR> <BR> I have invited several friends and so far, 2 have joined SP (and are loving it). <BR> <BR> I have each of their user names, but can't figure out how to add them as a friend <BR> to my friends list..... <BR> <BR> Can someone help me??? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 19:42:39 EST BMR food for thought (not an exact science) Wanted to share this article that I found on Spark. Made me feel a little better that I came so close to my max calories yesterday and which made me feel like I was not succeeding at weight lose.<BR>s_articles.asp?id=385 Give a formula to figure out about how many calories you can eat without gaining. I decided to check mine and came up with 1881 calories. So the 1550 that I ate yesterday really didn't seem that bad after all. I have been tryin... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 14:29:30 EST Improving with Age Have been fighting post-menopause "inner tube" for a few years. Will be turning 60 next year and am determined to be in better shape, minus tube. Already feeling much more energy since I'm on the sweets wagon. Competing with two friends in their 30's which is very motivating as we are keeping each other accountable. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 11:43:31 EST Hello Team! Today is Day 8 for me at SP. And I'm loving it. <BR> There's so much good info <BR> <BR> I just stumbled upon this forum and thought I would say hello. <BR> I'm Cathy and live in beautiful So Oregon. <BR> Have been married 3 1/2 years to the love of my life <BR> and we live on 5 wooded acres in a small valley surrounded by evergreen forest. <BR> <BR> I'll be 60 in about a month and had hoped to lose a few pounds and hit 160 by that time. <BR> I kinda mentally set that goal about 3 months a... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 18:56:06 EST Do you eat enough variety? Previously on when I was on SparkPeople I had a wonderful team leader who challenged us to "Eat a Rainbow". The idea was to encourage variety in the foods we eat by trying to eat at least one fruit or veggie for every color, Red, Yellow, Orange, Green and Blue. I have started trying to incorporate this in my own menu planning. Did I serve my family a rainbow today? How do you get enough variety? Today I have had a tangerine, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, corn, green yellow red ... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 14:33:12 EST Hi Hi, I'm Becky and I'm 28 years old. I work full time and go to school part time. I gained a tremendous amount of weight and became extremely depressed as a result. I want the old me back! I joined SparkPeople because it's different than all the other online fitness tools. I need to lose about 25 lbs. Any motivational tips are greatly appreciated. Mon, 8 Oct 2012 18:12:47 EST New to Spark People Hi everyone! <BR> I feel lumpy ! Bloated. Oh so bloated. <BR> I can't even begin to describe how bloated I feel. <BR> Daunting! Scary and complicated is how this site feels. <BR> I'll figure it out slowly though. I hope. I need to! <BR> So hello everyone and hopefully I can get to where I'd like to be. Sun, 7 Oct 2012 22:39:22 EST Hello Everyone I apologize for not introducing myself sooner. I feel like i have a great support network here and i am looking forward to losing it all with all of you and get to wear a bikini for the very first time EVER without shame. Sat, 6 Oct 2012 21:37:36 EST Hello Everyone I apologize for not introducing myself sooner. I feel like i have a great support network here and i am looking forward to losing it all with all of you and get to wear a bikini for the very first time EVER without shame. Sat, 6 Oct 2012 21:36:39 EST Hello! Hey! ^.^ <BR> Now that I'm in college I had to quit all of my organized sports teams, which means instead of training 5-6 days a week, I'm not working out at all. I have always been struggling with weight, and now that I'm not working out it's creeping up and I'm afraid of what will happen. I hope to loose 40lbs and to find a workout schedule that fits in with my crazy school life. :] Day 1 went ok, but I'll do better. Sat, 6 Oct 2012 20:25:58 EST Estou começando Boa noite, estou começando nesse programa agora, descobri ele pela internet, mas ainda não sei mexer direito <BR> sou do Rio de Janeiro - Brasil. mas como o site é todo em inglês eu coloco para traduzir mas nem sempre sai certinho. se alguém puder me ajudar agradeço. Entrei nesse programa para perder peso espero conseguir! <BR> Fiquem com Deus. Sat, 6 Oct 2012 19:54:09 EST Hi Hi everyone, <BR> My name is Tina. I am 28 and have finally decided enough is enough it's time to lose weight and live a healthier life. I have dieted before but I don't just want to lose weight I want to be healthy and eat right. I came across this site while on a weight loss blog and I think this is JUST what I need. I'm looking forward to starting my journey. :) Sat, 6 Oct 2012 18:43:28 EST Hopeful Sexy Senior Hello! My name is Pamela and here is my story. January 2012 I got down to a size 6 for the first time in my life! Then it happened. I quit smoking the end of January. Boom! I had major surgery in May. Boom boom! I now have 35 pound to lose! No fair! I have several medical issues that preclude a lot of types of exercise. I can only do no or low impact. I recently managed to obtain a rebounder! It really makes a difference. I "jog" on it for at least 10 minutes a day. I am also married to on... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 11:53:54 EST New to Spark People Hello everyone, I am new on the site. I am learning alot of useful information of a healthy lifestyle . I am 39 and weigh way over 300 lbs. I am highly motivated to get on the right track of losing weight. But to keep that motivation. is hard to do for me. Once I start, I fall flat on my face and I dont want that to happen again. I want to be successful this time around. Any helpful advice/tips on keeping up the motivation is greatly appappreciated. Sat, 6 Oct 2012 02:52:18 EST Hi Im Jessica I just joined last night. There is lots to look at on SP wow! I have 50 pounds to lose and Im ready to lose it!! Fri, 5 Oct 2012 15:48:17 EST Hi I am Celeste I came across this site today and this is exactly what I have been looking for. I turned 44 years old yesterday and am tired of the up and down weight gain. I want to lose weight but I also want to start eating healthy again and start exercising. I am ready for this journey. Fri, 5 Oct 2012 15:32:08 EST Glad to be a part of the team. I do believe that there is strength in numbers. I'm glad to be a part of the team and look forward to posting my progress daily. Hello everyone!!!!!! Fri, 5 Oct 2012 09:34:29 EST Hi my name is Frances I just need to know how do you put weight ticker on your page? Fri, 5 Oct 2012 04:59:17 EST A little help needed with the site Where on the SP site can I look up calorie content of specific foods? I'm sure it must be here somewhere, but I can't find it. I've been having to add foods to my food tracker to find out the calories, and then remove it. Thu, 4 Oct 2012 22:30:50 EST Hello, it's good to be here! I'm new to SP as of today. Just looking around the site and found some great info. Looking forward to eating better and working out more. <BR> <BR> Best regards! Thu, 4 Oct 2012 22:13:35 EST New to SparkPeople, New to SparkTeam Hello! <BR> I am female, 54 years old, live in the great state of Oregon and am wanting a new lease on life. I've got a little under 50 pounds to lose. Glad to meet you all! <BR> PB Thu, 4 Oct 2012 18:49:53 EST Hello Hello my name is Mindy and I am new to the site but I'm loving it already. I'm excited to be on the road to a healthier lifestyle and maybe loose a little weight on the way :-) Thu, 4 Oct 2012 15:24:48 EST Healthy Snacking question Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am struggling to meet the minimum calories some days on my food tracker. I know from past tracking that being under about 1300 calories I kinda stop losing weight. I am looking for some healthy snacks that I can add but I am not big on eating many veggies or a lot of fruit. Anyone have some good go to snacks that they can share. I do bake a lot on the weekends so even if it is something that requires time to fix, I can do it ahead on the weekends. <em>381</em> Thu, 4 Oct 2012 13:18:47 EST I'm back! I just came back to SparkPeople because I realize that I just can not loose this weight without help. I've managed not to gain any more, but i am not loosing anything either. Last time I was interacting with others on this weight loss journey and found I did much better that way, so if anyone is looking for a weight loss buddy I'm all for it!!! <em>41</em> Wed, 3 Oct 2012 14:02:52 EST Changing my lifestyle Hey guys, I am Becky. I am from Texas. I am a Christian married to my lifemate for 28 years, I have 3 kids, 4 grandkids. I am pretty determined when I set out to do something and usually succeed. EXCEPT when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off. It has always been a mind game. Follow the diet rules, reach my goal weight, go back to old habits and guess what! Yes I gain it all back plus some! So today I did the Dr Phil thing, "How is that working for you?" Well it's not so I am here to... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 17:02:01 EST How do you THINK of Food? Hi Team :) <BR> <BR> I have had struggles with my weight all my life, pretty much. I've gained and lost weight many times, utilizing different "diets" & "Programs". Throughout all of that, I learned from my mistakes and realized that how I thought of FOOD was the real key to my eventual success at maintaining a healthy weight. I lost 75 lbs. and kept it off for over 2 years in 2009. <BR> <BR> I think of food as the building blocks my body needs to survive. I lived most of my life think... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 12:33:26 EST Hello Hi everyone!!! my name is Jolei and i am a 36 year old mother of 2 boys a 2 year old girl, and as of July my 6 year old step- daughter. I need someone to keep me accountable. I had knee surgery on Aug 15 and with the help of my awesome mom, I was able to loose about 18 pounds, now that she has gone back home, I don't have that exta support. I want to be able to go and play with my kids and be here when they marry. I also don't want anymore surgeries because of my weight. I hope to find what I... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 21:20:32 EST Cravings? What are your food cravings? What do you do about it? <BR> <BR> My craving is pasta with cream sauce. I have not yet developed an antidote. :( Mon, 1 Oct 2012 20:48:34 EST Just Realized I Am Getting Old and Fat!! I finally admitted to myself this weekend that the reason I feel run down and tired all the time is that I need to lose weight. I need to get moving and stop eating so much junk. I have always loved dancing and horseback riding, but I've moved into town and my horses are too far away to ride more than every once in a great while. Also, my favorite mare, my best friend for 12 years, died last month, so I am down to just my little boy's mare, who in not ride-able at the moment due to an injury... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 17:42:27 EST Newbie Hi everyone! Sooooo happy to be here and be amongst people who are trying to get healthier. Realized as I've gotten older, the weight has crept ever upwards. A bad thing when combined with a record of poor exercising. Yikes! So, looking to shed a few pounds and get fit (again). Hopefully will get back into some sort of running program. What a great place to start! Mon, 1 Oct 2012 17:42:00 EST hi i am palmer49 i am very excited to start with sparkpeople to continue my weight loss. Mon, 1 Oct 2012 12:30:01 EST Special need...Need exercise suggestions I have a joint problem with my hips, it is a birth defect. It was never corrected and so I live with pretty much constant pain. My weight contributes to the pain, I am sure. Here is more information on the problem<BR>onditions/musculoskeletal/hip-dysplasi<BR>a2.htm <BR> <BR> That all in the open, I am looking for exercise ideas that will not stress the hips too much. Lunges hurt. Wide leg stances and jumping tend to hurt as well. I am open t... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 07:39:27 EST Newbie Hi everyone my name is Stephanie. I am here to lose something like 84 lbs. Looking for support and to give support as well. I am a full time student, mom, wife and I have a part time job. Sun, 30 Sep 2012 19:14:34 EST Introducing a New Attitude!! I'm new to this. I mean, I'm new to SparkPeople, but also to the "slow and steady" thought. I have always have issues with my weight, with my whole self image actually. I have usually gone to diet pills, or 7 day flushes, or special diet plans. <BR> <BR> If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result then I guess I have been insane (I know some would agree with that!!). It doesn't work, obviously, so, let's try something new. Every... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 13:01:06 EST Help?? With SP in general? Personal? SparkPeople can be overwhelming at first. <BR> <BR> Settle down, take a deep breath, and just start reading. <BR> <BR> Just about everything you need to or want to know about SP is within SP, you just have to get acquainted with the site. <BR> <BR> Check out the tab "Community" for Message Boards and Teams that may be of interest to you. <BR> <BR> Check out the tab "Healthy Lifestyle" for articles and videos that will be of help to you. <BR> Just keep going to the tabs for help. <BR> <BR... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 18:00:46 EST Weekly Weigh In While not being obessed with what the scale says one should use the scale as one standard of how well you are doing in reducing your weight. <BR> <BR> Sharing your weight and reduction (or increase) weekly is a good way to be honest with yourself. <BR> <BR> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 17:47:50 EST What are your Fastbreak goals? Those are the 3 small goals you chose when you signed up. What did you pick? <em>91</em> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 10:00:36 EST